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In a world where SUVs are becoming the preferred vehicle type, sedans must put on their Sunday best. I’ve tested the 2020 Acura TLX for three weeks, and I have a few takeaways:
It’s undoubtedly a beautiful place to be; the seats are comfortable, there are no interior rattles, Android Auto and Apple Car Play are excellent, the interior materials certainly feel premium, but the interior design seems dull. The Honda Accord’s interior looks better (see below). The front fascia helps save this car from the flat bottom of the barrel, but unfortunately, it is not a very exciting car once you’re up and close. I had the zippy inline-four, which performed very well in all drive modes, but it felt great in sport+.
I’m not sure I can recommend this to someone expecting to be excited about their new car purchase. With a base price of 33k, I would probably go with an A-Class (lease only) for just a little more with comparable features, and although it has less power, it’s a much more beautiful car to look at with more up to date tech.
* “P-AWS® is the first AWS system that enables the rear wheels to adjust toe angles independently of each other. Depending on speed, the angle of the rear wheels varies slightly to help maneuver tight areas, aid in smooth lane changes and assist in braking stability.”
2020 Acura TLX
2020 Honda Accord
- 206-hp 2.4-Liter Inline-4 with 8-Spd DCT.
- FWD with Precision All-Wheel Steer* (It’s has the Precision All-Wheel Steer (see below) but not the $2,000 Super Handling All-Wheel Drive upgrade)
- Majestic Black Pearl Exterior Color
- AcuraWatch (Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System and Road Departure Mitigation)